The third thing that The Simpsons taught me was to be loyal. If you have watched The Simpsons for any length of time, you will notice that they are always loyal. Homer drinks beers at the same bar in every episode. Marge shops at the same grocery store. Bart torments many of the same people. Yes, you could say that this is because the creators do not want to create places for the characters to be, but I think it goes much deeper.
My wife and I used to frequent the same grocery store every week, while there we developed relationships with people. We would check in with them and see how they were doing, We would trade advice for different situations and get to know each other. There was something to be said for being loyal to this one store. It made it feel like a third place.
Now we go to Wal-Mart, because it closed. It is much different at Wal-Mart, stepping inside it makes me think of any Wal-Mart in America. It is generic. It does not breed loyalty as the staff overturn more than a rotisserie chicken. We go there because we gave in to low prices, to find a place to be loyal too can be expensive.
The Simpsons have stuck with their local establishments, which helps me to remember to go through the hard times with each other. We all need loyal friends, loyalty can not be bought…